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Friday, January 11, 2013

Jesus' Siblings

Jesus Goes to the Feast of Tabernacles


John 7:1-13


1After this, Jesus went around in Galilee, purposely staying away from Judea because the Jews there were waiting to take his life. 2But when the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near,

3 Jesus’ brothers said to Him, “You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do. 4No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” 5For even His own brothers did not believe in Him.

6Therefore Jesus told them, “The right time for Me has not yet come; for you any time is right. 7The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify that what it does is evil. 8You go to the Feast. I am not yet going up to this Feast, because for Me the right time has not yet come.” 9Having said this, He stayed in Galilee.

10However, after His brothers had left for the Feast, He went also, not publicly, but in secret. 11Now at the Feast the Jews were watching for Him and asking, “Where is that man?”

12Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about Him. Some said, “He is a good man.”

Others replied, “No, He deceives the people.” 13But no one would say anything publicly about Him for fear of the Jews.


Verse 3 above gives the topic for today: Did Jesus have siblings?

The answer is ‘Yes’.

The scriptures are plain and decided about the fact that Jesus had brothers and sisters. Matthew 13:55-56 reads, “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?”  

In the first place, it must be understood that Mary was a virgin when she gave birth to Jesus (Matthew 1:18-25). Therefore, Jesus’ brothers and sisters were born after Jesus' birth (see also Matthew 12: 47).


Dear readers,

The fact that Jesus had brothers and sisters who were obviously the children of Mary and Joseph, does not in any way take away from Jesus’ true identity.

Jesus remains forever, “the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world” (John 1: 29) and also He is truly “the Eternal Son of the Living God” (John 3: 16).

Amen.

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